Equipped to ListenNew Every Morning | March 5, 2020
Ministries that make space to eat and volunteer with people who need material resources make it possible to see Jesus in people in need. Once I recognize Jesus in the person before me, I find myself better equipped to listen to and appreciate his or her story. I trust that Jesus has much to teach me through other people.
—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)
What have you learned from listening to someone’s story? Join the conversation.
Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
—Philippians 4:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God is great!
God is good!
Let us thank God for our food.
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It is true – I gained so much from my volunteering with the young moms group. My naivete was pretty intense. It is also true, sitting down to sup with another – there is a holiness in that. The teen center in my community sees the significance in this…each evening there is a meal. I think the youth are drawn to this as well – having the attention of another in conversation.
Grateful for a more familiar schedule, and good to be at church last evening. Just as I was ready to get back into the study – there is a break next week – built in just in case we missed a week due to bad weather. However – most of the group agreed to meet at a restaurant for dinner. So – we will gather and fellowship together.
There are a variety of listening skills. I think I have some, but most likely not some of the most needed.
Have volunteered at a homeless shelter, served and eaten meals with guests, played with their children.
It was a successful program, people ended up with jobs and places to live.
Yes, eating meals with others has enormous benefits. One church I attended served lunch every Sunday,
An entire gym was filled with tables. My current church has potluck lunch once a month and fellowship time after every service.
Hope Julie had a safe night and the warmer weather is helping her hands and foot.
Prayers too for Marcy, Mary, Betsy, Connie, Andrea, Rusty, and Lou, we’d be delighted to hear from them.
Prayers for a blessed Lent. Thank You, Lord.
I learned my listening skills as a yyoung child. I enjoyed listening to my grandparents stories and offered them my rapt and undivided attention. I carried these skills with me into my second career choice of Social Worker. I enjoyed listening to the stories of those I met during my various intern positions. I especially enjoyed the reminisces of those in hospice care, many in nursing homes. They spoke of their war years, the businesses they owned and their daily lives in a bygne era.
Prayers for Jill and her small group, may they continue to fellowship together in different ways.
Prayers for Robert and his current church which has welcomed him so warmly.
Prayers for Rick during this busy time, may he find time to spend with God. You are an inspiration to many I am sure having gone through so much to reach this current time of your life.
Prayers for Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Lou, Mary, and Marcy.
Only one more night alone with h. But he is usually not working on Fridays so hopefully he leaves early and with no “conversation.” We are enjoying beautiful weather, but snow in tomorrow’s forecast.
Prayers and thank you UR
Listening to others stories helps me see that I am not alone in the struggles of life- I listen to people’s struggles each day in my work as I help to guide them to better places in their lives. I’ve learned that we all have struggles of one sort or another and that with faith hope and the love of God we are able to make it through -peace to all who come here today- God is always near.